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Center for Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies Spring 2018 Classes

GRKST 100 - Modern Greek Culture and Civilization
CODE 59153 Tues & Thurs 1:40-2:55 pm
Credits 3   Kiely 317
Prof. Ioannides

This course will examine the main characteristics of Greek culture from the post-Byzantine era to the present. We will discuss the major ideological trends and the dynamics that led to the emergence of modern Greek identity and the formation of the modern Greek state, including the world of literature, music and the arts in general.

GRKMD 41W 01 - Modern Greek Literature in Translation
CODE 19515 Tues & Thurs 1:40-2:55 pm
Credits 3   Queens Hall 245G
Prof. Katsan

GRKMD 41W 03 - Modern Greek Literature in Translation
CODE 41869 Tues & Thurs 6:30-7:45 pm
Credits 3   Queens Hall 245G
Prof. Hadjipolycarpou

GRKMD 41W 04 - Modern Greek Literature in Translation
CODE 41878 Mon & Wed 6:30-7:45 pm
Credits 3   Queens Hall 322
Prof. Hadjipolycarpou

Surveys Modern Greek literature in translation from the middle of the nineteenth century to the present. The authors and their works are examined not only for their individual stylistic and thematic elements but also within the context of European literary and cultural movements. (H1T2)
GRKMD 111 - Elementary Modern Greek I
CODE 19516 Mon & Wed 10:05-11:55 am
Credits 4   Queens Hall 245G
Prof. Skondras

Prereq.: Permission of the department. Intended for students with no previous knowledge of Modern Greek. Designed to establish correct pronunciation, to teach the elements of grammar, to enable students to understand written and spoken Greek, to become familiar with cultural aspects of modern Greece and especially to establish a good basic vocabulary.

GRKMD 203 - Intermediate Modern Greek I
CODE 19517 Tues & Thurs 12:15-1:30 pm
Credits 3   Queens Hall 245G
Prof. Katsan

Prereq.: GRKMD 112 or equivalent, or permission of the department. A continuation of GRKMD 112 with grammar review, conversation, and readings in literary and cultural materials at an intermediate level.
GRKMD 223 - Modern Greek Conversation
CODE 19518 Mon & Wed 9:00-10:15 am
Credits 3   Queens Hall 245G
Prof. Athanasopoulou​

Prereq.: GRKMD 112 or permission of the department. For students who have an elementary knowledge of Modern Greek and wish to improve their ability to converse. Recommended especially for students in GRKMD 203/204. (WCGI, LANG)
GRKMD 335 - Modern Greek Studies, Travelling Players: Athens Theatrical Cultures of Today
CODE 55041 Mon & Wed 1:40-2:55 pm
Credits 3   Rathaus 202
Prof. Astrinaki

**Cross-listed as DRAMA 397 - Seminar in Drama and Theater - CODE 58430**

A study of recent Greek theater (through video screenings with English subtitles), the course contextualizes and analyzes the freshest and most contemporary Greek plays. Student will be given primary sources as well as contemporary publications on Greek theater, in order to become acquainted with the theatrical cultures explored, and will use these sources as a vehicle to understand and analyze the works presented.

ARTH 503/7521 - Secular Arts of Byzantium
CLASS NUMBER 2131 Tues 6:00-7:40 pm
Credits 3   Klapper 404
Prof. Woodfin

**Open to undergraduates by permission of the instructor**

The study of art of the Byzantine period usually emphasizes works created in the service of Christianity, but this focus fails to take in the full range of Byzantine art. This course will redress this imbalance by examining the range of secular imagery in Late Antiquity and Byzantium, drawn from Classical myths, from nature, and from entertainments such as feasting, dancing, and sports. Media to be studied include stone sculpture, mosaic, metalwork, ivories, and textiles. A key focus of study will be the collection of Late Antique textiles recently acquired by the Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College; students will have the opportunity to participate in research for an exhibition of these and other worksin Fall 2018.

HIST 799.04 - Byzantium in the Crusader Era
CLASS NUMBER 8459 Thurs 4:30-6:10 pm
Credits 3   Powdermaker Hall 156
Prof. Woodfin

**Open to undergraduates by permission of the instructor**

This course will trace the encounter between the Byzantine Empire and Western Europe in the era of the Crusades. The period from the late eleventh to the early thirteenth century is marked by tremendous changes both in Byzantium and in Western Europe, many undriven forces unleashed by the Crusades. While the Crusading movement was initially inspired -at least in part- by the drive to liberate Byzantine territories from the Seljuks, it would eventually lead to the conquest of Constantinople in 1204 by Venetian and Crusader forces and the fragmentation of the Byzantine Empire. The course will pay special attention to the rich primary sources from both sides of these confrontations, including authors such as Fulcher of Chartres, Robert de Clari, Jean de Joinville, Anna Komnene, and Niketas Choniates, but also including lesser-known documents of the friction inspired by the meeting of two great medieval Christian civilizations. The course will examine various points and levels of interaction, from the marital alliances of rulers to the experiences of ordinary men and women in the international marketplace, as well as the internal tensions revealed within Byzantine society regarding the identity of their empire vis-a-vis Western European culture brought close to hand by the Crusaders.

URBST 340 - The Greek American Community in New York (Queens, Astoria area). Political, Social and Cultural Dynamics.
CODE 58728 Tues & Thurs 10:45-12:00 pm
Credits 3    Rathaus 206
Prof. Ioannides

The course will revolve around the political, social, economic, educational and cultural attributes of the Greek-American community in the New York area, especially in Queens, which includes Astoria, the largest "Greek Town" in America. We will also discuss the Greek Crisis and its impact on the community. Students will be guided to construct a questionnaire that can reflect their particular interest (politics, sociology, education and economics) and write a term paper. By the completion of the course, students will be enabled to have a good understanding of the Greek community and its changing dynamics in the Queens area.

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The Center for Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies 
by phone at: (718)997-4520 & b​y e-mail at:**












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